Tree size may vary widely depending upon how much it’s been pruned historically in an established olive tree. Many are maintained at 20 (+/-) feet to achieve a desired visual effect. Some cultivars are characterized by upright branches and others by more pendulous or “weeping” branch style. Also, some trees have dense canopies, as wide as the tree is tall. Others thrive by being used in a hedge or shrub formation with branches intertwined with its neighbors’.
Ancient olive trees are characterized by their gnarled, dense and thick trunk girth. Their size gives an appearance of stocky solidity. Olive trees are known for living not only for hundreds of years, but even thousands, in parts of the Mediterranean and Middle East. Olive wood is also prized for its dense grain and beautiful color.